There are three different categories of headaches and several different individual types within those categories. They range from common and benign to potentially serious.
Tension-type headaches:Tension-type headaches are the most common of all headaches. Although their exact cause is still unknown, they are characterized by recurring feelings of tension or pressure in the head that last from hours to several days.
Vascular Headaches: The vascular headaches group includes three different subtypes of headaches, including cluster, sinus, and migraine headaches.
Cluster headaches generally occur in cyclical patterns called cluster periods. Possible symptoms include severe pain in or around one eye or on one side of the head. There may be watery eyes, nasal congestion, and a runny nostril on the affected side of the head. They are very painful and rare.
Sinus headaches are headaches that are perceived as an infection in the sinuses (sinusitis). You can feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. You may feel a throbbing in your head.
Migraines are severe headaches on one or both sides of the head, usually accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. They can also be preceded by an "aura", a visual disturbance that can appear as bright lights, fractal lines, or stars. Migraines are up to 3 times more common in women than men, due to hormonal differences.
Inflammatory Traction Headaches: This type of headache is rare but can be serious, with a wide range of possible causes such as stroke, meningitis or tumors. It can last for many days and signal a serious problem within the body. Pain covers the entire head and increases from moderate to severe, worsening with movement. Throbbing may also occur. This type of headache should be treated by your doctor as soon as possible to rule out potentially serious causes.
Recent studies at different European universities have shown that headaches can also occur with COVID-19 infections. Although no exclusive pattern has been described, it is considered the third most frequent symptom of this disease.
Natural relief for different types of headaches
Massage therapy has proven to be an effective measure to reduce both chronic migraines and tension headaches. Research shows that professional therapeutic massage can decrease pain, tension, duration, intensity, and frequency of headaches. Massage also relieves muscle tension in the neck, jaw, and shoulders, which can cause headaches in the first place.
Different studies have shown that massage reduces the frequency of migraines and even reduces pain in the middle of an active migraine. Scalp massage is highly recommended to reduce headache and migraine pain in general. And when you can barely get out of your dark room, scheduling a home massage can be a lifesaver when the alternative is to go outside in search of a massage center.
For those who suffer from tension headaches, massage can not only prevent them, but can also reduce their frequency. One study found that even just 30 minutes of massage showed significant physical and psychological improvements.
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